Weekend Camping in Banff

Welcome back to my blog:) This post is all about our weekend camping in Banff! If you have already watched my vlog, you will have seen what we got up to already but I thought I would also write a blog post just to cover the finer details about where we stayed etc. so here it is!

Our Campsite

We have been to Banff a few times but had never camped. I was booking quite last minute so I was lucky that I got a campsite. If you are going to book a camping weekend in any of popular places like Banff and Jasper, then be aware as they book up FAST! So be sure you book in advance or keep an eye on the website in the days before you want to go as there are last minute cancellations and you may get lucky and a space can come available. We stayed in Tunnel Mountain campsite. Pros for this campsite are that it’s has showers and quite nice bathrooms. It’s also close to the town of Banff. Cons are that it there is really no privacy on each individual site. There are no trees surrounding each site so it is quite open and the road, which doesn’t have much traffic as it is only for those staying on the campsite, runs right past each site.

Fire Ban

There was a fire ban on when we were in Banff, and had been a couple of weeks, which means that, obviously, you cannot light a fire at the campsite. Instead you are allowed small portable gas fires. Thankfully, as camping is just not the same without a fire! We picked up the little one pictured below in Canadian Tire for $149.

Lake Louise

This was our first time going to Lake Louise in the Summer and I did not realise how busy it would be! Originally I reeeeally wanted to canoe on Lake Louise but it a bit to busy. When we have gone in the Winter and Autumn it has been much quieter!

If you walk all the way to the end of Lake Louise there is a hike that you can do that will bring to a little place called Lake Agnes Tea Hut. I still haven’t done this hike but would love to hear if you have?!

Moraine Lake

We found lake heaven and then canoed on it…this place is amazing and the pictures I posted speak for themselves! So, canoeing on Moraine Lake is almost as expensive as Lake Louise, it cost roughly $99 (including GST) for an hour (Lake Louise is $105/hr). Yep, its steep, but it was soooooo worth it:)

Lake Louise Gondola

We headed here and took a spin up to the top to take in the views, which were stunning as was to be expected! At the bottom, there is a really nice restaurant and bar called Bears Den Smokehouse & Patio. The weather was really nice so we chilled out on the patio with a beer!

I haven’t included many tips on camping as I have already written a blog post on camping tips, you can read it here!

Thanks for reading!

Rachel x



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